Many conservative minded, liberty-loving Americans recognize that our educational, cultural and civic institutions have been overrun by leftist ideologues who are hell bent on reshaping America. These activists press hard for a nation that no longer defends religious liberty, free speech, parental rights or the Second Amendment. Their vision entails a gender fluid, racially divided and abortion-enabling country which severely undermines traditional families, church influence and medical freedom.

In response, conservatives have fallen into two basic camps, which sometimes overlap. On the one hand, we have reformers who organize and speak out at public hearings, run for office, apply for open seats on various boards and generally attempt to take back the levers of control from powerful institutions that are largely run by leftist union bosses and entrenched bureaucrats. This will be a generational struggle – the long game.

On the other hand, there is a growing movement focused on building new institutions and alternative associations that siphon off the membership, power and influence of the old guard. You see this in the rise of private education, homeschooling, alternative senior citizen organizations, pro-life medical associations, new political parties and the like. Many in this camp are tired of fighting the well-funded and overwhelmingly powerful old guard. They want immediate change and are willing to abandon entrenched cultural establishments.

Each of us must decide where to best spend our time and resources, but these two camps can and must work in harmony. The old guard must be challenged, infiltrated and transformed if possible. At the same time, we cannot simply continue feeding the beast, but must immediately build new entities that better serve our children, families and personal liberties. As these coalitions gain followers, it will automatically challenge the old guard, placing added pressure on them to reevaluate whether they are truly serving and representing their dwindling base.

In reality, our culture is a wasteland with more fires than there are hoses. We must decide which to fight first, who to assist today, and what repairs are most pressing. It’s all hands on deck!

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.